Monday, February 7, 2011

From Junk Food to PCOS

Did you know that the number of 13 to 16 year old girls with PCOS is increasing at an alarming rate in India? PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is a medical condition characterized by irregular or absent periods and is one of the leading causes for female infertility. While genetic factors can lead to PCOS, gynecologists say that 80 per cent of the cases are linked to:
• Junk food and unhealthy diets
• Lack of physical exercise
• Poor sleeping habits
• Excess body weight
• High stress levels
However, if you can regulate your child’s lifestyle, you can lower her risk of PCOS. It is good to introduce your child to de-stressing activities like yoga and pranayama at a young age. Yoga also prevents weight gain. Encourage your child to take part in sports and physical exercises, and ensure that she gets enough sleep every night.
Pay special attention to her diet. It is very important that she avoids fats and fatty foods. Restrict your child’s junk food intake. Restrict her sugar intake too. Instead, feed her a lot of complex carbohydrates and proteins. Add salads and soups to her daily diet.
Soups, high in fiber and nutrients and low in calories and fat, should be included in every girl’s diet. This not only boosts their overall health but also reduces the risk of obesity and PCOS.
Looking for healthy ready-to-eat soups? Try Knorr soups today! These are pre-cooked and ready-to-eat, right from the pouch at room temperature, and can be heated in 5 minutes with a microwave oven or boiling water.

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